Anniversary celebrations continue for the titular statue of St George

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175th anniversary celebrations for the titular statue of St GeorgeThe series of commemorative events marking the 175th anniversary of the titular statue of St George, in Victoria, Gozo, continue next Saturday, the 22nd of February, with the second of three catechetical celebrations, entitled ‘Is-Siegha tal-Martri’ (The Hour of the Martyr/s).

This will take place at St George’s Basilica, starting at 8.00pm.

Rev. Dr Richard N. Farrugia will lead ‘sixty minutes’ of liturgical prayer and catechesis, drawing inspiration from the “graceful statue,” which, he explains, is in a pose of “jubilant movement, a virtue which transpires from a man of faith.”

St George’s Parish said that the three celebrations are aimed at preparing the whole community for the special celebrations which will be held in both April and July marking this anniversary. “The invitation is open to all members of the parish community.” The third celebration will take place on the 15th of March.

In January, Archpriest Mgr Pawlu Cardona announced that the famous relic of the ‘Arm of St George’ will be brought to Gozo in July as part of the festive occasion.

Other special events are being planned, and a committe will be set up in the coming weeks to prepare the full programme which will be announced soon, the Parish said.

The titular statue of St George, sculpted in wood by Valletta artist Pietro Paolo Azzopardi, was brought to Gozo in 1839. It was the first titular statue on the island and is still considered one of the richest works of sacred art in Malta.

St George’s Parish concluded that “a series of initiatives are being prepared to enhance the general awareness on its uniqueness from a historic, artistic, cultural and social viewpoint.”

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